The Jack Hanley Gallery is pleased to present Haptics: Poetry By Other Means an installation of drawings and unique fold books by Stephen Vincent. The exhibition will run May 6th through May 28th. A reception will be held on Sunday, May 8th and will include a talk and poetry reading by the artist.
Stephen Vincent’s drawings occupy the space that precedes poetry, a place where the subjective self and its objective exterior have yet to make an agreement. Composed in the realm before metaphors can take hold, the marks from Vincent’s pen interweave and ricochet, pile up and keep their distance. They do not attempt to follow contours of materiality or interpret visual sensations; rather, the expressionistic dashes are derived directly from the sound and movements experienced in a particular environment. Vincent’s work reduces the verb “to draw” to its purest state – to cause to go in a certain direction, to bring out by way of response.
Whether sourced from rural landscapes, city streets, domestic interiors, poetry readings or musical performances the drawings disempower the hegemonic sense of sight by inciting a physical and sensual apprehension of space.